Southport

Astronomy

Day of meetingMonthly, 4th Thursday
Time7:00 - 9:00
VenueThe Gables Bridge Club, Queens Road
Leader Bob Mount
Telephone01704 809292
Click the link to email:Astronomy leader

Astro Group activities include:

  • presentations and discussions on every aspect of astronomy
  • star gazing and observing with telescopes (weather dependent of course)
  • sessions on the purchase and use of telescopes
  • visits to observatories and planetariums
  • evening talks at nearby universities
  • visits to astronomy fairs

No technical knowledge or observing equipment is required. The purpose of the group is to learn about all aspects of Astronomy and the universe around us. If you decide to purchase a telescope or binoculars sound advice will be given on the most suitable equipment to match your needs and budget.

There is some limited car parking space at the Bridge Club, otherwise on Queens Road. A hot drink and biscuits are available.

------- ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS for the astronomer -----------------------------------

  • SpaceWeather. A website giving daily updates on interesting events going on up there. Includes sunspot count, solar and lunar eclipses, occultations and other fascinating topics. Want to know when there's a chance of catching those aurorae or a noctilucent cloud display? This site will help you.
  • NASA website. The website for all things in space exploration. Be sure to visit the Galleries section!
  • NASA Eclipses. Here you will find a table leading to full details of past and upcoming solar and lunar eclipses. Tells you where you may have to travel to for the best viewing experience. Eclipse predictions are by the renowned Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC Emeritus.
  • Met Office forecast. Find out if you should dust off the 'scope tonight.

Click to view ASTRONOMY PICTURE GALLERY

Dates for your Diary
Thu Feb 27th The Andromeda Galaxy
The Group Leader gives a presentation on The Milky Way’s sister will take you to its centre, compare and contrast these siblings, show their place in the universe and how, as they age, will become ever closer.
Thu Mar 26th A New Eye on the Universe
Rick Tyres, Southport AS, describes how gravitational waves will provide the ultimate means of measuring and examining the universe, possibly to the beginning of time.
Thu Apr 23rd Women Astronomers & Astrophysicists
The Group Leader gives a presentation on how women progressed, against the odds, to become scientists who made great, but mostly forgotten, contributions to astronomy and the physics of the universe.
Thu May 28th The Herschels
Edmund Moynihan
Thu Jun 25th Astronomy in Lancashire
Professor Alan Chapman
Thu Jul 23rd Black Holes
Group Leader
Thu Aug 27th Quiz Night (Annual Exam!)
Group Leader
Thu Sep 24th Solar Flares
Professor Philippa Browning
Thu Oct 22nd Presentation
Professor Andy Newsom
Thu Nov 26th Presentation
Dr Steve Barrett
Thu Dec 3rd Winter Solstice Dinner
Venue to be confirmed
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Coach Trips Coffee Morning Cycling for Fun Discussion
Drama Egyptology Family History (Genealogy) Fantasy Financial
Floral Art French Fringe Poetry U3A Gardening
Global Perspectives Golf Guitar Jazz
Jewellery Knitting and Crochet Let's Go Line Dancing
Local History Meet and Eat Mindfulness Modern Movies
Music, Theatre and Opera Patchwork and Quilting Photography Pilates
Python Programming Quiz Night Relaxez Vous Russian - Language and Culture
Scrabble Short Mat Bowling Singalong Smartphone Training
Snooker Southport Sketchers Spanish Table Tennis
Tai Chi Theatre Trips Try Sailing Ukulele
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More Group Pages
Appreciation of the Classics Art & Craft
Astronomy Badminton
Banjolele Bellydancing
Beyond the Comfort Zone Bird Watching
Book Clubs Bridge - The sociable one
Chess Choir
Coach Trips Coffee Morning
Cycling for Fun Discussion
Drama Egyptology
Family History (Genealogy) Fantasy Financial
Floral Art French
Fringe Poetry U3A Gardening
Global Perspectives Golf
Guitar Jazz
Jewellery Knitting and Crochet
Let's Go Line Dancing
Local History Meet and Eat
Mindfulness Modern Movies
Music, Theatre and Opera Patchwork and Quilting
Photography Pilates
Python Programming Quiz Night
Relaxez Vous Russian - Language and Culture
Scrabble Short Mat Bowling
Singalong Smartphone Training
Snooker Southport Sketchers
Spanish Table Tennis
Tai Chi Theatre Trips
Try Sailing Ukulele
Walking Whist
Wine Appreciation